Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Search for a #1 Center Goes On

Calgary re-signed Daymond Langkow a few weeks back. Olli Jokinen has been traded to Phoenix. The Patrick Malreau trade rumors seems to be dying down; perhaps Doug Wilson, meditating in his cliff-top tower high above the Pacific, realized that giving up his captain/warhorse because he had a slightly off year is frothing-at-the-mouth insane.

I doubt Joe Thornton or Marc Savard or Jason Spezza will be available anytime soon. Ah, Marc Savard...

It just came to my attention, however, that two potentially Czar-enriching centers are still unsigned UFAs. One of them is Brian Rolston, a fine fellow who's put up impressive numbers for the Minnesota Wild a few seasons in a row. I think Rolston plays left wing for the Wild (feel free to correct me, all you Wild fans who read this blog), but he's extremely versatile: he's apparently quite good as a center as well. The man is an easy 30-plus goal-scorer without a superstar like the Czar; imagine what he can do as his center. The best thing about Rolston, though, is his nickname: Rolly. Rolly. Say it again: Rolly.

Meanwhile, Brendan Morrison, he of the semi-legendary West Coast Express line (Bertuzzi-Morrison-Naslund) on the Vancouver Canucks, is also available through unrestricted free agency. He didn't have the best season of his career last year, but paired with the Czar he might play an integral part in establishing a Trans-Siberian Railway in Atlanta.

Speaking of Vancouver's West Coast Express, Markus Naslund is still unsigned. Not advocating anything, not implying anything, just floating the information. Markus Naslund is available.

3 comments:

Big Shooter said...

Langkow actaully remains unsigned. The rumors continue to swirl that they will get a deal done. But nothing so far...

Zach said...

Ah, what a great commercial. Whatever happened to Pinch, anyway? What a great run he had with the Thrashers.

Wait, what?

Big Shooter said...

Ahhh Pinch. The perfect linemate for Steve Guolla!

And no, I have no idea what that means.